... His stature and stage presence brought total silence from the audience during his presentation and left them spellbound. His comments illustrated respect for authority, appreciation for role model teachers during his school years... ... People tell me this was our very best Opening Day Prgram, mainly because of our speaker, Winston Bennett III.
He hit the nail right on the head. He spoke right to where our youth are living. His comments on not only knowing God's will but also on doing it were right on target. This was one of the best contemporary services we've had. I'm so glad our youth could hear him.
Winston Bennett spoke to several hundred of our associates and connected with them in a way many other speakers have not. His name recognition from UK basketball, his stories relating to personal challenges, packaged in an overall scheme of change and personal growth allowed our associates to think differently about change, and the value of change.
As one associate put it, "you guys talk about change all the time, but Mr. Bennett came at it from a different angle, and I get it now."
That was precisely what we hoped to achieve, and Winston did it with flying colors.
Winston Bennett is the husband of Peggy Denise Bennett, and the father of son Leontay and daughters Princess, Jasmine and Stephanie.
Winston is the Head Basketball Coach at Mid-Continent Univertisity in Mayfield Kentucky. He was the assistant coach to Rick Pitino at Boston Celtics and with the Kentucky Wildcats, who won the National Championship in 1996.
In 2001 through 2003, Winston was the Head Men's Basketball Coach for Kentucky State University where they won the conference championship in their first year.
From 1989 to 1992 Winston played in the NBA (National Basketball Association) for Lenny Wilkens of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lenny Wilkens is the winningest coach in NBA history. Winston also played for a short stint with the Miami Heat. He played in the CBA (Continental Basketball Association) for the Pensacola Tornadoes, and he played in Italy for Teorema Arese.
Winston played college basketball for the University of Kentucky from 1983 to 1988, where he received his degree in Business Administration.
Winston received his MBA (Masters of Business Administration) from Indiana Wesleyan University in December 2006, and is currently working on a Doctor of Management In Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.
Winston played high school basketball for Male High School. While at Male, he won the Mr. Basketball trophy as the best player in the state of Kentucky in 1983.